In the wake of SOPA and PIPA and the millions of voices that shouted outcries to legislators not to shackle the one of the few profitable industries that America has left, internet piracy still remains. What is internet piracy, and why does it get so much attention?
According to CNN, digital music sales surpassed physical CD sales in January, 2012 [source]. According to Billboard, revenue from global recorded music industry dropped in 2012 by 3% to 16.6 billion, sourced from the Digital Music Report 2012 [source]. According to that same report the following countries showed the following as digital sale percentages of overall sales:
- China: 71%
- South Korea: 53%
- United States: 52%
So what gets pirated the most? Rap music is pirated the most, with jazz holding rear guard.